Clematis forum: cuttings

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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
Jun 5, 2013 8:52 PM CST
Has anybody grown from cuttings? How difficult is it and when is the best time to take cuttings? Do you use rooting hormone and if so what kind? Where are the cuttings best taken from?
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Jun 14, 2013 10:31 AM CST
I am a new clematis grower. Last year, I cut a clematis vine by acckdent during my spring cleanup. It looks a lot like a dead morning glory vine near the base. I was heartbroken when I saw all of the healthy green clematis foilage I accidently cut. I quickly made cuttings and dipped them in rooting hormone. I put some in the ground at the base of the cut plant, some in potting mix in soda bottles that i use for winter sowoing. Some of the ones in the bottles took, so I planted them. I think some of the ones in the ground may have taken because that plant looks extremely lush this spring. maybe it just liked being cut back.

I am moving this year. I am busy potting up all of my plants to move with me. I hate to miss so many spring blooms, but look forward to my future garden.

If you were in the neighborhood, you could have lots of cuttings to play with. I don't have time to mail any right now, sorry. I have to hurry and finish digging and packing. None of the people who said that they would help have come thru for me, yet.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
Jun 15, 2013 3:58 PM CST
Thanks for responding Andi, I had assumed it was possible but all attempts I've made failed. I'll give it another try with different hormones and see what works. Good luck with your move!
Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
Sep 1, 2013 2:52 PM CST
I have finished moving, but am still planting.

Have you tried layering your vines? You do this by laying a vine on the ground still attached to the main plant. The vine roots along its length. You can dig the baby plants up, cutting them from the main vine, once they show new growth. I would assume that is the easiest way to get new clematis plants. I haven't done this on purpose, yet, but I think a couple of mine did this on their own.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
Sep 1, 2013 3:45 PM CST
I haven't done that yet but it's worth a try. The plant I want to propagate though is in my friend's garden, I'm sure he'll let me try it.

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